story of the stuck lid 5.11.2017

A couple months ago I enrolled in a one-night session of a handbuilding class at Midwest Clay Project. The guest teacher was Rachelle Miller from Hands In Clay (who is a great teacher, by the way!) She focused the class on lids, and that night I made this beautiful piece. The glaze is Coyote Opal,…

sale and fundraiser 5.4.2017

This weekend I’ve got two sales coming up. Friday night is the biannual Madison Gallery Night. As always, I’ll donate 10% of my profits that night to Potters for Peace. The Midwest Clay Project takes their cut, too, acting as a “gallery” for me and the other studio members who wish to sell their wares…

bowls with wire 4.20.2017

A couple months ago, I posted about a new bowl I made using recycled kiln wire and red stoneware clay. I was delighted with how that bowl turned out, and have made a couple more since then. My delight continues. Simply photos will suffice this week. Enjoy!

blue-striped vase 3.30.2017

This is a recent vase I made. It’s slab-built, meaning I rolled out flat slabs of clay, cut the front and back and bottom out from a paper pattern I’d made, pieced the clay pieces together, then added the top curved rectangle shape to the vase opening. Before I started applying glaze to the vase,…

political mugs 3.23.2017

With the current political climate in the United States, I’ve been thinking about how I can incorporate my politics into my art. I don’t want to be strictly a political artist… I don’t think… but you never know what might lurk behind a door you choose to open! After my eldest daughter Elly showed me…

sculpting a rabbit 3.16.2017

This winter, I enrolled in a hand building class at Midwest Clay Project here in Madison. The teacher focused on figurative hand building, and started us out with a bunny. I took lots of pictures along the way to show you a bit of the process. The first two heads I started with were too…

ceramics table 3.2.2017

I bought a used ceramics table this winter. It’s been sitting in my garage until last week. It came with a peg-board back that made it too unwieldy to carry up to the second floor, so that back had to be removed temporarily. But due to the cold Wisco winters, neither me or my husband…

white on white 2.23.2017

I’ve got some more white on white bowls completed. I made a bowl similar to these a couple months ago, and you can see pics of that bowl in this post. The glaze on these latest bowls turned out differently this time. Not as white, a little yellower, more rustic looking, and thinner. Not a…

new bowl 2.2.2017

Here’s another new bowl design that I plan to make more of. Instead of making it on a potter’s wheel, I squeezed coils of clay together. This “hand-building” makes for a bowl that isn’t perfectly round, isn’t perfectly smooth, plus I purposefully formed the top edge to be uneven. Something about the imperfect quality attracts…

the wonders of glaze 11.17.2016

Often I feel like I’m in a “test mode” when it comes to glazing ceramics. I used cobalt oxide wash on two different bowls with quite different results, likely due to the the glaze underneath the oxide wash. On one bowl, I added dots of the blue oxide wash atop a transparent white glaze with…